Quark has set up a non-profit organization - The Quark Foundation - to award grants in the areas of education, health and training.

The Quark Foundation has received an initial investment of $3 million from Quark, which is developing applications such as QuarkXPress Passport 5.0 which will be shipping in the "next few months."

The Quark Foundation is developing "giving programs" that foster academic, scientific, literary, cultural, and historical activities worldwide.

Exceptional education Fred Ebrahimi, CEO of Quark, said: "I think it's important to make education available to those who are disadvantaged. It means a lot to us to be able to channel what we have learned and achieved into philanthropic initiatives that are practical, and that promote self-sufficiency. In a very modest way, we hope to make a difference, and that means a lot to me and to our employees worldwide."

The Quark Foundation has so far donated grants to schools in Denver, Colorado, and Laramie County, Wyoming, US, improving the safety of playground equipment, providing classroom resources, and developing student-mentoring programs in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Quark recently established a scholarship program in India to give support to gifted children who would not have received an education. Quark Benevolent - a sister foundation to The Quark Foundation - is being set up in India. Quark has plans to channel "significant" funds from its foundations to education and support programs for women in Afghanistan.